Washington State Defies the Constitution, Ups the Age to Purchase 'Assault Rifles' to 21

Brittany M. Hughes | January 2, 2019
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Washington State has decided to defy the U.S. Constitution and strip some citizens of their right to keep and bear arms by upping the age to purchase certain semi-automatic rifles to 21 years old.

Yes, the far-left state has OK-ed depriving legal adults between 18 and 20 years of age – adults who can enlist in the U.S. military and be drafted to risk their lives in war – of their constitutional right to own so-called “assault weapons,” the vague blanket term the progressive anti-gun crowd has given to a whole host of scary-looking sports rifles such as the AR-15.

The ballot initiative passed with 59 percent of the vote in November, and went into effect on Jan. 1.

While The Hill didn’t describe what, exactly, differentiates an “assault rifle” from other long guns such as hunting rifles or shotguns according to this most recent legislation, similar measures have defined “assault weapons” as rifles with pistol grips or those that can hold magazines with 30 or more rounds, for example.

The AP reports the full measure will also expand the background check process for buying certain sports rifles to be the same as for buying pistols. The rest of the measure apart from the increased purchasing age will go until effect on July 1.

Several gun rights groups, including the Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation, have sued over the measure.